Diane Lampert, a prolific songwriter of the '50s and '60s who had one of her songs covered by the Beatles, has died at age 88 of heart failure, reported the Associated Press Saturday. Her husband, Fred Stuart, announced she had died of heart failure on Friday in a Manhattan hospital.
Lampert, who was a writer for the title tunes to 20 movies, was co-writer for “Nothin' Shakin',” which was performed by the Beatles during their BBC broadcasts. The song, sung by George Harrison, was released on their “Live at the BBC” set. Kevin Howlett noted in his sleeve notes for the album that the song was first performed by Eddie Fontaine. It was also performed live during their days in Hamburg and it was included on the several albums that featured music done live at the Star Club that was later withdrawn.
The Beatles weren't the only ones to record “Nothin' Shakin'.” It was also recorded by Billy Fury, Connie Smith, Linda Gail Lewis, George Jones, Eddie Fontaine, Commander Cody and Dr. Feelgood.
Lampert had her songs covered by a wide range of other artists as well, including Brenda Lee, John Gary, Joan Baez, April Stevens, Harry Nilsson, Dean Martin and Slim Whitman. Some of her other songs included "I'll Take Sweden," "Only One You," "Mambo Your Blues Away," "Put Your Trust in My Heart" and "Afraid of Losing You."
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